Sunday, September 27, 2009

Somerset Witch project

I picked up a copy of the craft magazine Somerset Studio. One of the Halloween projects shown is a silhouette of the black house with various vintage and antique pictures of women in the windows and an orange background. A small excerpt with one example is shown in the cover (right). The artist describes the house as "occupied by a coven of diabolic witches".

All of the pictures are middle-aged or older, without cosmetics or fancily styled hair, and most have serious expressions. This is, of course, standard for portrait photography from the turn of the last century--when most women were capable of crafts rather more demanding than can accomplished with a hot glue gun and a stencil set. But all they are, in the eyes of this artist, are witches.

Never mind that they are, or were, ordinary, real people. Never mind the historical role of witchcraft accusations as a way of vilifying and even murdering unacceptably independent, unconventional or inconvenient women. Smiling, young, blonde, beautiful, heavily styled women are good. Older, serious, brunette, average looking, plainly dressed women are witches.

Some things never change.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Classic Covers: Sigrid and the Sergeant

Double amputee, Sergeant Smith, was skeptical about Sigrid's idea to enter the piggy-back race. But went she turned up to the event wearing a ball gown and high heeled shoes that was just taking things too far!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Mattel superverts "Barbie Girl"

Logically speaking 'supervert' would be the opposite of 'subvert', and Mattel is a master at it.

Do you remember the song "Barbie Girl" by Aqua?

Do you remember how Mattel tried very hard to sue for copyright infringement (and failed because the song is a parody and so "fair use").

And yet today, over ten years later, I saw a TV advertisement for a barbie doll with hair you can style that used the distinctive hook from the song.

And that's not all, look at this:

I guess money always wins in the end?

See also:
Barbie Girl embraced by Mattel
Years Later, Mattel Embraces ‘Barbie Girl’

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Gaze, prequel

I came across my initial sketch for the Gaze today (top right).

Yes, it is on lined paper...

I was in a staff meeting at the time.

(Bad Emily)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


So you can get colorful temporary tattoos to put on your child, so if they get lost at a theme park or in a busy mall, it will be easy for them (or a good Samaritan) to find you. Isn't that sensible. Isn't that useful?

Isn't that logo a kid with a number tattooed on his arm giving a stiff-arm salute?